William Henry Spalding, 27, of Glendale Road, Hodgenville, was charged with second-degree assault Feb. 3 by Kentucky State Police.
Spalding is accused of beating an 8-year-old boy about the face, ear and buttocks, causing severe bruising.
Spalding pleaded not guilty at his Feb. 6 arraignment in LaRue District Court. The case was waived to the grand jury.
He was lodged in the LaRue County Detention Center. Bond was set at $25,000 cash and no contact with the alleged victim.